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I'm co-hosting a lunch for about 25 ladies in a few weeks. Between the 2 co-hostesses, we have plenty of dishes, cutlery, glasses, etc. but need ideas for the menu. We're thinking of making a couple of crock-pots of soup--maybe butternut squash (perhaps a creme soup that can be served in a soup mug), but even that selection is in flux.
We won't have table space for a sit-down lunch and want it to be casual and hope guests will be comfortable to linger over a second cup of coffee/glass of wine and spend the afternoon chatting with old friends, etc. Considering serving chicken salad,but since it's going to still be cold outside, maybe we should go with something warm.
Another thing to think about--I'm sure guests will offer to help with food contributions, etc....How should we handle that? Should we make specific suggestions about what to bring? I don't want to appear too demanding and fussy. But, I'm afraid if we leave it up to 'pot luck', it won't be as nice---Valid concern or not?